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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine - Nimbus Brewing Company

Nimbus Old MonkeyshineNimbus Old Monkeyshine

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BA SCORE
85
very good

150 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%


Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Old Monkeyshine Ale is an exceptional example of a true, traditional-style English Pub beer. Nimbus Old Monkeyshine Ale is medium bodied and possesses a distinct, dark roasted flavor. Its sweet malty taste is derived from liberal use of seven varieties of specialty malts and a touch of brown sugar. Our Old Monkeyshine Ale is dark in color, beginning with a slight caramel malt overtone and rounded with a relatively dry finish from its English Kent Goldings hops. The hops aroma is mildly subdued and the bitterness is just enough to balance the profile of this beer.

Nimbus Old Monkeyshine Ale is a true premium ale and is priced accordingly. We're so proud of this beer for its body, taste, alcohol content and drinking enjoyment, it may just become our signature beer. Be warned: its wonderful malty sweetness camouflages the 8.2% alcohol by volume content. It's a winner!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Nimbus Brewery.

A: Pours a clear light brown-golden hue with a thin white lace that quickly dissipates leaving a decent lace.

S: Slightly fruity malt aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a fruity malt flavor that finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Decent English Strong Ale – lots of alcohol but blended in nicely with the malt.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 15:12:09 | More by ckollias
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aeturtle

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied.
No bitterness or hop aroma.
Nice richness in flavor almost like brown sugar hints of vanilla.
Decent head and head retention
Nice brown molasses coloring.
Covers up it ABV very well.
Good example of the style, almost too easy to drink for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 17:09:44 | More by aeturtle
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HalfFull

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a deep reddish brown color and a half inch of off white head. Offers only moderate retention.

Lot of nutty roasted malts on the nose similar to many English Ales. Not as clean and crisp however, and I assume there are more unfermented sugars here which effect the volatility of the nose, and I later find, seem to mask the ABV to a large degree.

Moderate malts continue to the taste, somewhat complex with caramel, nut, brown sugar and a touch of dried fruit. A sweetness envelops it all making the flavors a bit difficult to ascertain. The same sweetness, certainly not overdone, helps give the beer a smooth feel. Finishes dry with a quick close. Good carbonation and richer in body than most ales of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 04:09:02 | More by HalfFull
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magictrokini

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother in law raves about this stuff, as he is from Tucson. Pours dark brown, almost looks like a porter. Aroma of toffee and caramel, with some dried fruits. Taste is dominated by alcohol, then the sweet malt and caramel flavors come through. Earthy finish. Decent beer, don't think I could have more than 2 at one time. Like Tucson, more is not better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 22:28:56 | More by magictrokini
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet hued with a tight beige cap.
The nose exudes chocolate-covered raisins, brown sugar, molasses, peat smoke, sweet breads, dark rum and whole pine trees: bark, cones, needles, and sap.
Malt comes into the mouth with waves of caramel, carob, molasses, raisins, and anise. It stays powerfully sweet for several moments, the is cut by a surprising smokiness. At this point, it presents as a spot-on Wee Heavy. Hops enter next, shatter preconceptions, and boom out pine notions that are equally sappy and earthy. It concludes with a small brandy-like booze flare that is born from the raisin hues that it began with.
Medium bodied, with little carbonation to make it feel sticky at time. It seems a hair on the small side, as all this flavor would be better supported with a bit more girth.
That a small quibble, as this is utterly enjoyable, and monstrously drinkable for a beer of this strength, complexity, and uniqueness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 08:22:28 | More by cokes
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warmstorage

California

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint on tap at No Anchovies in Tucson, Arizona. $2.75 at happy hour (M-F 3-6pm.)

Appearance: deep red to light brown, minimal to zero head, light lacing. Sure, it's difficult to maintain head on a 8.2% beer, but this one had almost none from the get-go.

Aroma: sweet malt, sugar, brown sugar

Taste: sweet malt, fruity esters, brown sugar, notable alcohol.

Mouth: medium thick, medium to high carbonation, distinct alcohol warmth

Overall: a nice winter warmer type beer, it'd be good on a cold day (but how many of those are there in Tucson?) Good, drinkable, and one of my favorites from Nimbus, but not all that remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 03:23:28 | More by warmstorage
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep amber color. It is fairly clear with just a hint of chill haze. It smell malty sweet with a bit of fruitiness in the nose. Nice full bodied with a malty expression. This beer tenderly coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer, as an English expression of a strong ale should be. There is a hint of hop flavor that helps to carry the maltiness of this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2003 15:53:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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beerguy101

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival. Light brown color. Aroma is small white and foamy. Aroma is malty, nutty and very sweet. Deep malt flavor, not very hoppy. Lighter bodied . Nice flavor. Rich and round. Mouthfeel is full and round. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2003 02:45:37 | More by beerguy101
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark hazelnut brown, creamy thin cap of head that sticks to the glass, good clarity

Aroma: twinge of caramel rolled in hops, grassy note, hard to evaluate aroma in the brew"pub" as the A/C blows VERY hard

Flavor: a bit too bitter for an English strong ale, reasonably well-balanced though leaning towards bitter (I prefer a bit more sweetness in this style), initial subtle caramel sweetness gives way quickly to rather bitter semi-dry finish, metallic after-taste (like licking a piece of aluminum)

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, low carb, high abv is hard to detect (so be careful with this one)

Drinkability: would be better if the metallic taste was absent, this is NOT a session beer though.

Would be interesting to know if they use high alpha/high cohumulone hops in all their beers. There was a harsh taste in both beers I tried.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2003 19:20:26 | More by GreenCard
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Gusler

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Arizona Beer fest"!
A nice deep mahogany color on the pour, the head is moderate in size, the texture spumescent, beige in color and as it dissipates the left over lace a nice coating on the glass. Floral nose, sweet malt, caramel and quite fresh and pleasing to the senses, with the start sweet and malt, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is a “Hop Heads” delight; boom right in the palate as the hops over run your taste buds, mildly acidic, dry as a desert bone aftertaste and a real treat for this old strong ale lover.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2003 08:21:49 | More by Gusler
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mzwolinski

California

4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer is superb. Beautiful appearance, a dark brown color with a thin, creamy and lacy head. And the aroma! Malty and fruity, with a strong hop boquet, and a subtle underlying aroma of caramel.

The complexity continues in the taste. Really complex malt body, with fruity esters -- a hint of green apple, I think. Slight alcohol warming, with a slightly sweet finish and good hop flavor.

A very fine beer -- seems more like a barley wine than a brown ale to me. Probably the best one I've ever had, and I'm fairly picky when it comes to the style. A terrific beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2002 07:07:01 | More by mzwolinski
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TucsonJames

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this beer is very understated. It starts out with hop notes and then complexly traverses an earthy porter finish. It is a fresh beer that could be drank year round as it is fresh, but also dark and could be appreciated in the winter time after a day working outside or by the campfire.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:42:18 | More by TucsonJames
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nickfl

Florida

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A small head of off white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. An aroma of toffee and musty hops. Dry, caramel and burnt toast with some molasses in the finish. Medium body, average carbonation, and a dry finish. Not bad, fairly bland but inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:42:43 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head really on a deep amber brown clear body. No lace really. Aroma of breads, toasted malts, nuts, molasses and earthy hops. Flavor is also very toasty opening with nuts, toasted malts and earthy but finishing with brown sugar, caramel, rye . Medium body and moderate carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden. This one is flavorful and definitely one of the better of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:40:23 | More by kylehay2004
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coldriver

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a Pepsi brown with good head and lacing. Aroma is molasses with dark fruit. Taste is caramel, tobacco, dark fruit. Mouthfeel is little harsh, but nice dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden. I'm liking this better as it warms up - I bet it's really good on tap. Not a style that I'm typically interested in but I can see the appeal.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 17:39:38 | More by coldriver
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my new silipint.

A: Poured dark reddish-brown, with a proper, creamy tan head that lasted a good while and left good lacing. Coarse looking carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like toasted sweet malt with hints of brown sugar and caramel.

Taste: Moderately strong flavor featuring dark malts with hints of dark fruits, caramel, and roasted nuts. Good sweet/bitter balance.

M: Medium-low carbonation works well for this full-bodied beer, Very smooth.

O: A flavorful English style pub ale with remarkably well hidden alcohol. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 05:39:51 | More by chinchill
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FlatRabbitRed

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an English style ale, so to all the other reviews; I personally expect some bittering to come out of it. Very happy to see this style from a local craft brewery, nice job!

Dark with minimal head, roasted malt and caramel, hint of licorice bittering after taste. High in alcohol but not syrupy or heavy at all.

Goes down real easy in spite of the high alcohol content, be careful!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:55:42 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Sparkling deep maroon the color is pretty! no head no lacing

Aroma- clean melon fruityness, carmel apple leather.

Taste- boozy, maple, tobacco vanilla, carmel, slightly sweet and a little peppery. resiny vegetable hops. maybe its the fact that it is an english ale but i get just a hint of meaty "brown sauce" to it. Its not bad or off putting though, just English!

Mouthfeel- I think this is spot on for an english style ale. Slick warm and boozy. Not too fizzy or syrupy.

Overall- My favorite offering from nimbus, i would like to try this from a cask/beer engine or on nitro. I think it would compliment bread pudding, brie, mashed potatoes and game hen. Defiantly a good beer to nurse in a pub on a rainy day while watching cricket or rowing.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:55:20 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Hazy dark bronze. Pretty fat messy off white head.
smell: butterscotch. very inviting, some dark fruit but butterscotch up front.
taste: quite different than the nose. Hint of butterscotch, not near as rich. Dry and slightly bitter finish.
overall: outstanding nose. A bit of a letdown after that.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:51:26 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Nimbus is back in Orange County. And I happened to find a bottle of Nimbus that I hadn't tried before. From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's a gusher out of the bottle! Once that episode is over, we see a leather brown colored beer with an inch thick head and a few chunks of lace around the glass. The nose features toasted sugar, touches of pineapple, and brown sugar. Taste is somewhat fruity, features some pineapple and toasted sugar The firepower is acceptable, and the beer's alcohol is hard to find. The body is medium full with smooth carbonation that compliments the beer.

This is a mellow strong ale from Nimbus, and an acceptable one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 19:47:18 | More by DoubleJ
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is somewhat the same but there is a metallic flavor that overwhelms everything else. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer and not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:45:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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charlzm

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed December 14th, 2012 from my trusty Triple Petrus tulip/snifter. The bottle is labeled April 2012, so the beer is between 8 and 9 months old.

Beer pours a ruddy caramel brown with deep garnet highlights. Almost no head despite a moderate pour. Small amount of sheeting.

Aroma is cinnamon and brown sugar with a touch of vanilla and molasses.

Flavor is fruity with an unfortunate note of cardboard oxidization. I'm going to blame the screw-off lid (what were you thinking, Nimbus, putting a beer meant to be aged in a screw-top bottle???) Dark candied fruits mingle with a touch of bready malt, followed by a bold, bitter finish. Some peppery spice and alcohol heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick.

Overall, a fine beer. Don't age it in the 12 oz bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:06:41 | More by charlzm
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.

Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than one's fair share of alcohol.

Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 20:57:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Mar 2011. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Smallish tan head. Well carbonated. Clear ruby brown in color. Aroma is roasty nuts with some toffee and cola. Fairly sweet and malty to start. Touch of cinnamon. Hazelnuts. Medium body, slightly warming ethanol. Flavor doesn't really linger, kind of washes out with a faint roasty bitterness at the end.

Finish is a bit disappointing but overall not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 14:14:48 | More by htomsirveaux
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty deep brown mahogany hue. Head basically doesn't exist. Maybe a little bit of brown foam but thats about it. Smells like deep roasted malts. Don't detect any fruit, citrus, pine or any hint of hops. Tastes exactly like it smells. Has a full and thick mouthfeel. Overall a good beer. No complexity, but no flaws either. Just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:12:00 | More by merryjoulton
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Nimbus Old Monkeyshine from Nimbus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.